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Karen, Mary Ann And Rachel

May 14, 2021

I guess I’m a bit unusual. I have been happily married to my wife Rachel  for nearly 40 years yet I am still in contact with my high school girlfriend and my fiancé from the 1970’s. I keep in contact with the latter two regularly. We still love to talk and catch-up on each other’s lives. They are a part of who I am.

Karen was the darling of my youth. She was beautiful, strong, athletic and nearly always on my side. We met in 1964 and we have been friends ever since; ever since two of her divorces, one of mine and some 57 years. That’s a lot of time! We can still find the humor in it all and we still hold each other in great esteem. Time has bound us together forever.

I met Mary Ann in 1973 and for awhile we were destined to be married. We never did marry, in part because of my worry about supporting a child of my own and three of hers. Instead of hating each other for the sorry outcome of our relationship, we have remained good friends for 48 years. That’s also a long time! She is also a part of my life that will never fade into the sunset.

A few years ago I was on the phone with Karen. I have always loved her sense of humor. We were talking about getting older and the prospect of death. Out of nowhere she said, “When you die have Rachel give me a call, “We’ll have a party and spend some of your money!” Yikes! While the thought was repulsive at first, I found it somewhat reassuring. Now I rather enjoy the notion.

Likewise Mary Ann has often made similar comments and has asserted to my wife that I have been talking about dying for over 40 years. She and my wife Rachel love to gang-up on me when we’re all on the phone together. It’s like I am a poor mouse being batted about by two cats. In friendship, Karen, Mary Ann and Rachel like to mock me more than a bit for my morbidity.

I am writing this post three years in advance and who knows if I’ll still be around when this is posted. (I hope so.) If I am gone and have arrived at that great keyboard in the sky, I sincerely hope that all three of these marvelous women are having a glass of wine and a good laugh together.  Yuk it up gals! I’ll be picking up the check.

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  1. Vuoi dire che hai scritto questo post o meglio queste tue memorie 3 anni fa?
    Ricordi che hai descritto in modo molto elegante e con un pizzico di umorismo.
    Avanti tutta!!!

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  2. How wonderful to have such long-lasting and vibrant friendships! It speaks well of you. I’m glad you’re still around to enjoy it all.

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  3. That’s true friendship!

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  4. shadawss shadawss permalink

    True friendship never ends

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  5. Che belle memorie
    Ma hai scritto davvero questo post tre anni fa? 😘


  6. Lange, vertraute Freundschaften sind etwas Wunderbares. Karen, Mary Ann und Rachel sind drei liebenswürdige Frauen, die echtes Interesse an deinem Leben zeigen, die mitfühlend sind und solidarisch auf deiner Seite stehen.
    Wie schön, dass ihr euch kennen gelernt habt!

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